Oct 27, 2011

Who Took My Bandwidth?

Netflix made the news again today, but for a completely different reason than irking its customers.  According to Venture Beat:

  • Netflix accounts for 28% of ALL bandwidth usage nationally.
  • Neflix peaked at 32% of downstream traffic this year.
  • Neflix, HTTP, YouTube and BitTorrent account for 64.4% of all bandwith consumption!
More interestingly, there continues to be a rapid shift of traffic away from desktops (PCs) to set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and smart devices.  Only 45% of internet traffic on fixed networks goes to desktop computers!

All I can say is ... wow.  Netflix may have lost 800,000 subscribers since "Quickster-gate", but they were on the right track.  Streaming is the future.  For now, however, stop streaming video and slowing down my email!

Oct 24, 2011

Social On The Road

Social networking app users grew by 127%, according to ComScore in an article dated 10/20/2011.  Takeaways:
- US Mobile social media audiences grew 37%
- More than half of all social mobile audiences read a post from an organization, brand or event from their mobile devices
- Mobile browser accounts for more visits, but app audience has grown 5 times faster than last year.  Each now accounts for 42.3 million users
Get social.  Get mobile.  Get app-ed.

Oct 23, 2011

Happy Peteday!

I posed a question on Facebook questions a number of months ago, inquiring why we have 12 months in a year?  It was strange to me that, seemingly arbitrarily, we had 12 months every year with a varying number of days in each?  Who said it had to be this way?

Oct 21, 2011

If You Can't Beat Em ...

Brick and mortar stores are indeed threatened these days by many obstacles, namely the internet, but instead of fighting, success may just rest in compromise ... or just giving in altogether.  A great article by Convince&Convert got me thinking.

Following Moms Anywhere!

Moms are increasingly moving online, which means retailers need to follow.  According to eMarketer Digital Intellegence:

- 23 Million moms with children under 18 in the household currently use Facebook at least once per month.
- This represents 2/3 of all online moms in the country!
- Overall, 26.5 million moms with children are active social media users
- This represents 79.2% of all online moms.
- In 2011, online moms make up 17.9% of ALL US social media users!

Take away: If you sell to moms, and you have any hopes of growing a business, or heck even staying in business, you must be online and active with social media!  There are moms waiting!

Oct 20, 2011

I Protest ... Part Two

In response to comments (which are way too rational, I might add).  I can see the basis for the occupy movement’s frustrated, but just staying that the "playing field is "unfair" is, well, unfair, and it sounds like an excuse.  "I can't do well for myself or my family because the playing field is unfair."  I would argue that there are a good many people who are working in the system and achieving greatness and aren't necessarily part of the top 1%.  They don’t use excuses, they work harder.

CNN Money - Growing Your Business Today

Very proud of the article in CNN Money recently.  Entrepreneurs and business managers are having a tough time battling not only the economy but banks to find financing for growth.

In the end, it comes down to risk and perseverance.  It's not easy to run a business in these economic times, but sometimes, it's best to be aggressive while everyone else is retreating!

Oct 19, 2011

I Protest ... The Protest!!

Am I missing something?  Until now, the Occupy Wall Street movement, for me anyway, has been little more than a fun recap on the Daily Show and the Colbert Report.  Now I understand there is a movement starting here in Myrtle Beach, with its first rally on Saturday, 10/22/2011.

So, that got me thinking.  Myrtle Beach??  Really?  Really?? 

Oct 17, 2011

Kidzforce and My Paper Route

This weekend, we introduced publicly, Kidzforce, a new opportunity for young and ambitious kids to learn the skills necessary to help them become future business leaders, and make a few bucks along the way.  I personally am excited about this program because aside from mowing neighbors' lawns or babysitting, there are very few programs these days that provide real life job experience.  Of course, we still have programs such as  the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, which provide valuable life lessons to prepare young children for the real world, but nothing that provides the depth of field for entrepreneurship.  I had such an opportunity as a kid, and looking back, it taught me the single most important lesson I've learned in my professional career.

Oct 12, 2011

Tweeter Than Wine

I am a supporter and advocate of technology, especially when it makes my life simple, but I am also typically a late adopter.  I still use my iPhone 3G, which replaced a Motorola Razor I used for a number of years.  I typically hold onto Mac computer until the hard drive falls out ... then I refurbish it.  So, it is no surprise that it took me some time to warm up to twitter.

Oct 7, 2011

What I Learned From Steve Jobs

This week, we lost one of the true visionaries of our time, Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple.  Steve's story is impressive when you consider that he set out on his quest to create and develop the most loved technology company in his early 20's, and succeeded beyond anybody's wildest expectations.  He had a dream.  He had a vision.  And he had the wherewithal, drive, and persistence to make it happen.

Oct 4, 2011

TRU or False?

Is Toys-R-Us looking for a new model?  I was reading a blog post recently from one of the most respected toy insiders in the industry, Richard Gottlieb (Toys R Us and Neil Friedman: What it really meant!), and it got me thinking ... 

Oct 3, 2011

R.I.P. Strip Malls

An interesting thing happened as I drove to the store recently.  Shopping centers are changing.  I know, a revelation, right?  But then I read an interesting article, Walmart-Your Friendly Neighborhood Grocer, and it got me thinking.

Oct 2, 2011

Bringing Manufacturing Home

There's been a great deal of discussion about the manufacturing in Asia, especially when it comes to the toy industry.  These articles, HBR Blog - Is Manufacturing Making A Comeback? and S&B - Manufacturing's Wake-Up Call are great support for bringing this expertise back to the US.

Oct 1, 2011

Banks Not Making Friends ... me included

Banks haven't done much to get us out of the same mess they got us into to, and now they want to encourage people to 1. Move their money and 2. Use credit cards again.
I get the bank fees, and a business is in business to make money. Banks provide valuable services, giving you a safe place to store money and a means to use it without having to carry loads of cash (debit cards), but this move comes at a bad time. As well, as Netflix is learning with its streaming service, once you give the market something for free, it's tough to charge them for it.
A slow roll out, such as tiered upgrades to service, would have been better and not provided negative fodder to people, such as me, who already are miffed.